|A compilation from
Dutch prog-rockers Focus launches the Classic Rock productions' 'Masters
From the Vaults' series
Focus fans will be ecstatic about this DVD release. For years they've been
left to trade poor-quality third generation videos of their heroes and here,
for the first time, is a superb compilation. Intelligently compiled, the
main documentary film is linked by Thijs van Leer who sheds some light on
the development of the band, against a backdrop of Dutch TV and BBC Whistle
The latter is particularly
welcome, and historic performances are included from May and December 1972
when the Polydor record plant worked overtime to press up the band's vinyl
as a result of increased demand.
The Dutch footage comes from
early 1971 and shows the band rehearsing some of the material that appeared
on 'Moving Waves'. It is a marvellous period piece with rainbow jerseys and
Edam cheese being the order of the day - but where on earth did Jan Akkerman
get that blue tank
The DVD also includes rare
footage from the 'Hamburger Concerto' period with Colin Allen on drums.
Fans will devour this, others
might well investigate one of the premier prog-rock bands of their day. The
music is still relevant and Akkerman still amazes on guitar.
This DVD is part of a series
'Masters From The Vaults' which will feature Family, Rory Gallagher, Atomic
Rooster and Curved Air amongst others. Highly recommended based on this
Related>> Focus 8 CD
Related>> Live In America DVD
Related>> Masters From The Vaults CD
Jan Akkerman/Focus Book
Review by David Randall
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